Death penalty is not to deter crime, but for retribution, says Duterte

  • President-elect Duterte said death penalty is not meant to deter crime, but for retribution
  • Criminals must pay for what they did, he said
  • The catholic Church and other human rights advocates are against the restoration of capital punishment

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte stood by his decision to push for the re-imposition of death penalty amid criticisms from the Catholic Church and other human rights advocates.

Those opposing the restoration of capital punishment contend that death penalty does not deter crimes.

Duterte is misled into thinking that death penalty deters crime, according to an earlier statement by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

“You do not deter crimes by hanging criminals. You deter crimes by having efficient and effective law enforcers, incorrupt judges and lawyers and strict and fearless prison administrators,” CBCP Public Affairs Committee chairman Jerome Secillano said late last year.

The president-elect said those who insist that death penalty is not a crime deterrent does not understand his position on the issue.

As mentioned in a GMA News Online article, Duterte said that his plan to re-impose death penalty is not to deter crime.

“The death penalty might be a deterrence to prevent (a person) to commit a crime, but that is one school of thought. The other school of thought is, iyang death penalty hindi iyan pantakot (death penalty is not meant as deterrent),” Duterte said.

“Hindi iyan to deter (that is not to deter). Whether you like to commit a crime or not, that’s not my business. You are equipped with your mental faculty. Death penalty to me is the retribution. Magbayad ka sa ginawa mo sa buhay na ito (you pay for what you did),” he added.